An Interview with Lucy A. Mills, B.S., BCPP, HHP
By Meredith Zelman Narissi, M.S., BCPP
Who would name a business “Global Academy for Energetic Education?” Certainly, someone with a grand vision! A vision with structured global, earthy energy. Like an axis of gravitational force that holds things in place, the concept embraces organization and perspective. Two characteristics Lucy Mills personifies.
At our recent APTA conference, Lucy Mills, B.S., BCPP, HHP, gave out soft squeezable global earth balls: friendly reminders of GAFEE (Global Academy for Energetic Education), for hand exercises, and a playful way of reducing stress. Nice to give someone the world! Her creative and clever gift exemplifies her larger goals. She builds with care, structure and passion. From 2013 to now is not a long time, yet what she has established is quite noteworthy…and all because Lucy followed her intuition and faith.
After a B.S. in Psychology and Counseling with Liberty University she was “supposed to” go on to a Master’s Degree; but fate had a way of shifting energy, and she followed the gravitational pull. Her son had a health challenge at the time, and the conventional medical solutions didn’t appeal to Lucy or her family. So, she immersed herself in holistic knowledge like a guardian superhero of protection, and thereby surprisingly discovered her own gifts. In her good works, she found the path to her own healing capabilities and interests. She says:
I knew in my heart that I wanted more interaction with clients than sitting in a room all day talking and listening…Polarity Therapy is fully comprehensive. Polarity principles are a way of life. That is how we heal our lives, through Polarity. I love it. I don’t know where I’d be without it!
This view of Polarity clearly established a devotion to what she has created today. Lucy pursued an education that would integrate healing processes for the mind, body, soul, and spirit. She completed the necessary training for Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), and Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP).
Practicing energy medicine for six years, she continues to expand her knowledge in the theory and science of energy. Coupled with her many years of administrative and leadership experience, being the director of the Global Academy for Energetic Education is the perfect fusion of organizational education while still remaining hands-on and experiential.
Her business is in Columbus Ohio, a bustling urban environment with “lots of holistically minded people interested in more than just the physical aspects of health,” Lucy points out that, “they want to experience energetic aspects of health. It seems to be a natural progression of understanding.” GAFEE offers just that. The list of offerings includes Polarity Therapy, an APP education, Polarity Reflexology, Ethics, Herbal Education, Aromatherapy, Massage, Reiki, Sound Healing, Detox and Health Building, Craniosacral, and more. Half of the courses are online, and half are in a classroom. Another unique factor of GAFEE is that it is affiliated with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, which encourages, certifies, and supports this growing education. Columbus also has a growth factor with a largely populated community as well as many universities and hospitals. All of which makes for a rich environment for GAFEE to continue to prosper.
I was impressed with how clearly Lucy Mills creates her business model. Along with her passion for Polarity, her business skills shine. She states:
Networking with the Ohio State Board helps attract the right clientele. Everything is approved by the Ohio State Board. The demographics of my students include 3 types:
- People who want to change careers.
- Health care professionals who want to augment their knowledge and add to what they know.
- Anybody who wants to learn how to keep themselves and their families healthy.
At our holistic health academy, the wellness center is the classroom. You receive invaluable, hands-on experience while providing services to real people! Our holistic school offers many accredited energy healing and energy balancing courses.
- Upcoming classes:
- Reiki begins September 4th
- Aromatherapy begins September 21st
- Relaxation Massage begins October 19th
- Sound & Vibration Therapy begins January 25th
- Online Courses available to everyone:
- Holistic Health Advisor (HHA)
- Detox & Health Building
- Holistic Household
- Free mini classes
- Free Holistic Health Articles
I found Lucy to be a gentle, caring soul who gets things done! Her earthy skills and creative energy have synergy. One of her pet courses, that she is creating now, is called Holistic Household. “Each room of the house can become a safe healing environment” she sites. For example, in the bedroom one can use “essential oils, Feng Shui, healthy detergents, proper pillows, etc., all with an awareness of Holistic Health.” This course can appeal specifically to the third group listed above.
Lucy also believes in delegating and networking, as you can see when checking out her website. She has a staff of talented and dedicated people that she works with. She also hires a local company to assist with social media promotion and online google search. Her vision includes this networking, profitability, and a desire for increased public awareness of Polarity. “There is value in recognition, and now is the time!” Her idea is that, when Polarity Therapy is juxtaposed with other modalities it becomes more recognizable. She says, “The tide is shifting. We will get the word out and make Polarity available…we can share it, not hold tight, but share.”
When I asked Lucy Mills what she would like to tell APTA, here is what she offered.
First, I would like to tell APTA and its members, that they are amazing!
Polarity is the answer.
I would like to offer a word of encouragement. Persevere and share Polarity with the world. We need to help each other and give support. We have online connections; we don’t have to live close-by to establish this rapport.
My personal goal is to go beyond Holistic Health, and through energetic balance and Polarity, to move toward a reset…where Peace can be present in the whole world.
Now, I see that as a beautiful global Vision!
Lucy A. Mills, B.S., BCPP, HHP
Director, Global Academy for Energetic Education
Holistic Solutions Ohio
Written by Meredith Zelman Narissi, MS, BCPP of Meredith’s Healing Arts…Enlightened Wellness. Meredith is a Board-Certified Polarity Therapist, meditation/yoga/dance teacher, and author of 7 Veils: Mystical Secrets of a Feminine Path to Enlightenment. She loves to dance in the spiritual realm!